North America's Railroad to continue success story with Canada's National Women's Open Championship as well as CN Canadian Women's Tour and CN Future Links
OAKVILLE, Ont., April 12, 2010 - The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) announced today that CN will continue as title sponsor of the CN Canadian Women's Open, as well as the CN Canadian Women's Tour and CN Future Links. The extended three-year agreement will see CN continue its valued support of Canadian golf through 2013 with an additional two-year option through 2015.
"CN is delighted to announce that we will continue our title sponsorship of the CN Canadian Women's Open, the CN Canadian Women's Tour and CN Future Links," said CN President Claude Mongeau. "We at CN are very proud to be associated with the only LPGA tour stop in Canada - the CN Canadian Women's Open. Equally as important, our continued involvement with the event will provide a platform through the CN Miracle Match program to leave a lasting legacy at children's hospitals in our event host communities. We are also committed to helping the RCGA ensure the future of the game of golf through our on-going support of the developmental CN Canadian Women's Tour as well as the CN Future Links program that helps junior golfers at the grass roots level learn to play and develop a passion for the game. Each of these tremendous properties is making an impact through golf in local communities across Canada."
The partnership between CN and the RCGA dates back to an announcement made on October 29, 2005 that the inaugural CN Canadian Women's Open would take place in 2006.
The CN Canadian Women's Open, through the support of CN, has been elevated to become one of the premier tournaments in women's professional golf. The $2.25 million (U.S.) purse for the 2010 CN Canadian Women's Open to be held August 23-29 at St. Charles Country Club in Winnipeg will rank among the Top-5 purses on the LPGA Tour this season.
"CN represents the best in their business, so we're thrilled to extend our relationship with a transportation company with such a rich history and bright future," said LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan. "CN is the only railroad that crosses the continent east-west and north-south, serving the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf coasts; the LPGA strives to satisfy its fans in the same fashion that CN clearly has done for its growing number of customers and partners. We thank both CN and RCGA for their long-time and on-going commitment to the LPGA, and we look forward not only to making our annual trip to Canada but also enhancing a relationship that extends well beyond the ropes into many facets of women's golf development."
The tremendously successful CN Miracle Match Program has continued to grow as the charitable component to Canada's National Women's Open Championship and further illustrate CN's commitment as community champions. The program debuted in 2006 and to date has helped to raise close to $3.5 million for children's hospitals in the host communities of the CN Canadian Women's Open, including a record $1.6 million raised in 2009 for the Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary. More information about the program is available at www.cnmiraclematch.ca.
"CN is playing a major role in supporting excellence in Canadian golf and we are thrilled to have them continue on as sponsor of the CN Canadian Women's Open as well as the CN Canadian Women's Tour and CN Future Links," said Scott Simmons, RCGA Executive Director and CEO. "In addition to their commitment to raising money for children's hospitals in the name of the event, they have elevated the status of the CN Canadian Women's Open and women's golf in this country, and are helping to support thousands of young golfers in communities across Canada. We are honoured to be continuing our partnership with CN and on behalf of the RCGA Board of Directors and staff, we thank them for continuing to invest in the future success of golf in Canada."